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Portugal sits on the Atlantic; it is one of the World’s most attractive Holiday destinations, known for its miles of Golden beaches, With Europe’s most picturesque coastlines.
Portugal remains magical with its Cities that give the feeling of being in a time warp, exploring places packed with History.
With a relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals, you cannot help feel wanting to get involved in the spirit of your surroundings.
With Portugal and its many traditions, local foods, fairs/events.
The Portuguese will always go out of their way to accommodate your needs, being a Nation with close family ties, this is seen when out in public with the holding of hands and smiling faces. The feeling of safety is felt throughout Portugal, making it one of the world’s most repeated return destinations. This site will give you the information you seek with the ease of reading your favourite book. Photo galleries on Cities,Towns,Villages with over 500 photo’s to browse, this site will help you chose your Holiday destination.
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Interesting facts, did you know?
Alliance. Portugal and England are the world’s oldest alliance it has a bond that exists closely even today. The alliance dates back to the 13th century, as far back as 1147 the king of Portugal Afonso Henriques made Englishman Gilbert of Hastings the Bishop of Lisbon. All through history from fighting the Spanish armadas, to the Napoleons invasion attempt, and the Second World War, the 2 countries have remained close to this day. Queen Elizabeth II has had 2 state visits to Portugal one in 1957 and 1985.
Bacalhau, (Dried Salt Cod). You will not have a visit to Portugal without coming across Bacalhau; it is dried salt cod. If not familiar with Bacalhau, it can be seen as not the most attractive dried flattened fish to buy. The Portuguese love it so much they have a different recipe for every day of the year. Said to be over 1000 recipes in Portugal alone. Discovered over 500 years ago when fishermen went further afield, they needed a way in which to preserve the catch for its long return journey home. Norway soon became the capital of producing and selling salted dried cod. Norway is still the largest exporters of dried cod to most of Europe. With Spain and Portugal having a 90% Roman Catholic population, salt cod became very popular over the religious periods such as lent when it was forbidden to eat meat. The cod is soaked in water for up to 3 days, changing the water 2 or 3 time a day to re hydrate the fish and removal of the salt. Nowadays due to European laws restaurant are forbidden to use this type of salt cod and so buy the ready hydrated variety. If you have not tried a Bacalhau start off with the small Bacalhau pastels they are small deep fried and eaten as a snack.
Bookshop, World’s oldest: Portugal has the oldest recorded bookshop in the world Livraria Bertrand. Founded in 1732 the book store has stood in the same place 282 years.The shop was completely rebuilt after the collapse, along with most of Portugal in the earthquake of 1755. The brand now known as Bertrand today has over 50 stores across the country.
Carob. Known in Portugal as the Alfarrobeira, but commonly known as the carob tree. Many people who have seen the carob often wonder what the green runner bean like pods are that hang in bunches. The hanging pods turn black during the summer months when they are harvested; they are prized for many uses. An interesting fact about the carob Gold is graded in carat as in 22ct, 18ct, 14ct, 9ct, but have you ever wondered how this came about? As far back to Roman periods, when it came to the measuring of gold and precious gemstones.
They would use the hard seed from the carob pod as each seed weighed more or less the same. The romans had a gold coin called the solidus it was weighed using the seeds. It took 24 carob seeds which had a weight of 4.5 grams. Even today the British gold sovereign coin is 22ct and its weight come from the early method. The carob pod and seed has many uses these include making chocolate substitute in diabetic foods. Also used as emulsifiers and thickener for food product, flour, and animal food. When black and left for about 3 months they become sweet and sticky, they can be eaten raw as such.
Cork. Portugal is one of the largest producers of cork across the world. it supplies almost 50% of corks used in the wine industry. Known as Quercus Sube or the common name cork oak, harvested every 9 years. When the removal of the bark takes place it leaves the tree red in colour. Once stripped of its bark a number is then painted on for the year in which harvested. Today still hand harvested by skilled craftsmen who used a certain type of axe, and know just how deep to cut with harming the tree. This skill is passed down into families. No modern method has been found to successfully remove so much bark without harming the tree. Many attempts have been tried to use an alternative way to bottle wine. In recent years cork still holds as the traditional way to preserve wine into a vintage one.
On average it takes 10-15 years before a tree may be harvested for its first bark removal. Mature trees will yield 120 kilo of bark enough for around 4,000 bottles of wine.
Take a guess what you would think is the age of the world’s oldest living cork tree, 100, 500, 1,000 years old?
Well if you take the world’s oldest living olive tree found in Loures, Portugal is 2,850 years old. Your guess would come as a surprise that the world’s oldest living cork tree is also found in Portugal, Is a mere 230 years old compared to the olive tree. The cork tree is nicknamed the whistler tree. Not impressed? Well if you knew that this famous cork tree produced over 820 kilos of cork in just one harvest, enough to bottle 100,000 bottles of wine. Portugal’s cork is so highly prized that Champagne producer Moet Chandon mainly use Portuguese cork due to its dense quality. Cork is the world most protected tree with records dating back to the 13th century. Even today being illegal to harvest a tree that is too young, or chop down. Cork oak requires permission from a government department this applies to most of Europe.
Europe’s longest bridge. The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is a staggering 17.2 km or Approximately 11 mile in length and 6 lanes wide. The bridge is such a secure structure that traffic is allowed to travel with speed up to 120 km/h or 75 mph.
Construction started in in 1995, completed and opened in 1998. In time to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the sea route from Europe to India by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India. The bridge had a cost of around €800 million. During construction the support pillars went down to a depth of 95 m. in 2014 estimated approximately 60,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.
Language. Many people who come on holiday to Portugal will try to learn the odd word for their holiday. But what they may not know is Portuguese is recognised as an international language. The 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd most spoken in Europe after English and Spanish. Spoken worldwide by over 250 million people, the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique.
Spices, Piri Piri. In the 16th century Portugal was the largest in the world in the trading of spices. Portugal discovered an easy route to India, with its black peppercorns; it soon became one on the largest to control the trade in black peppercorns. It had nearly the same value as gold at the time; this soon dwindled when other countries started to grow it. The Portuguese appear to be the first traders to have spread the chili pepper globally. Chili originated from South America, Portugal introduced chili to India in 1498. Soon as the chili pepper became easy to cultivate with countries like Africa, Angola and Mozambique use the chilli in many ways. Today Portugal famous for its chicken Piri Piri which is said to have originally come from Mozambique, Portugal remains one of Europe’s largest consumers of chicken.
Cork stripped from the tree after 7 years
Basket of dried Carobs
Dried stacked salt cod
Cork stack left to dry
Dried hot chilly peppers